Saturday, October 26, 2013

Going Home--

Home has been in my heart recently, that is for sure, but this 'going home' brings especially great joy to my heart.

After talking about airplanes for days and listening to the sound of airplanes flying over Ouagadougou, last night another little guy left here with his parents ready to start the long journey to his new home in the US.

His story is a beautiful story of redemption in that after a bleak start and spending the first 3 ½ years of his life in an orphanage, this little one has a new family and a new hope for a bright future.

So happy. . . . so thankful for adoptive families!

Back 'home' in Burkina!

Throughout the past three weeks here in Burkina my mind has repeatedly returned to the wonderful times of rest and refreshing that I recently enjoyed with family and friends at home. While passing through Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts I saw Jesus living in his people and shining in your faces. Thank you for your sweet hospitality and for precious moments of chatting over a cup of coffee or tea.

I am very thankful for precious times with my family and for the memories that we made together. And, I am greatly encouraged by the time spent with each of you who are laboring with us to bring the Light of the World into our little corner of Burkina.

Although so happy to be back in my Burkina home I am already tentatively planning another trip home in the Spring. It is hard sometimes to deal with a heart that is 100% in Burkina and 100% in the US, but I am so thankful that the Lord helps me to work through these heart issues and that his grace and mercy are new every morning.  

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sweet moments--

This is 8 year old Emma.

I had briefly met Emma almost 2 years ago now but was able to really connect with her this past week when I visited her parents in Pennsylvania. I think that all 8 yr olds are really special but Emma falls at the top of my special list.

Recently on her own initiative, Emma and two of her friends sold cookies and lemonade at a family yard sale. Emma decided that she was giving her share of the money earned to Sheltering Wings! Her parents promised to match what she earned and they have sent a check to help with the cost of milk for the children in our orphanage.

How great it is when the American children reach out and care for the African children who are in need! Thank you Emma for helping us to take care of our children. May the Lord richly bless you and your family for the way that you are helping the children in Burkina.